Three rules of life

Just a quick mid-week motivational post from me today. Love these simple three rules of life! And luckily I actually don’t mind seeds in my watermelon ;)

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 Happy Hump Day. I hope you have a great day!

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Weekend Scenes

I had my parents visiting me in London this weekend so here are a few pictures from my Instagram to show you what we got up to! They arrived Saturday morning so of course, the first thing I had to do was cook them brunch at ‘cafe Roz’ at my new home.

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My home-cooked Shakshuka brunch for mum & dad. I love this spiced tomato egg dish and it’s very easy. Watch this space for the recipe // Going for a big walk exploring (and getting a little lost) in Hampstead Heath // Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath // Enjoying some tea and cakes at the cafe at Kenwood House in the park before walking back home.

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Ready for dinner out in Notting Hill, wearing striped top from Oasis (now on sale -link!) with leather pencil skirt from ZARA // Beautiful decor and lighting at the Dock Kitchen // The Dock Kitchen by Stevie Parle is a great restaurant overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Ladbroke Grove, West London. The food was delicious and we had a lovely evening. Review and more photos to follow!

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I’d heard about a Sunday’s Farmers Market in Queens Park (which is just around the corner from my house) so this weekend I decided to explore it with my parents.  Like father, like daughter; we both share a of love food so all the fresh produce and market stalls was a treat and great way to start the day! Mum and dad had coffee with fresh croissants for breakfast and I couldn’t resist a slightly naughtier breakfast roll with egg and a venison sausage from the Picks Organic Farm stall. Nom nom :)  The Queens Park Farmers Market is on every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. More information HERE.

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On Sunday the annual famous Boat Race was on between Cambridge and Oxford. Seeing my mum is a keen rower she was rather excited to check out this race on the Thames // We headed out to Putney, stocked up on some freshly popped popcorn and drinks and secured our spot along the river to cheer on the rowers. The weather was quite windy and a bit rainy but it was great fun to see the all the excitement and many people celebrating such a big event.

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After being outside for most of the afternoon we could do with some warming up, so the best way to do this was to going to a cosy pub for a Sunday Roast! We went to one of my favourite pubs in Notting Hill/Kensington which is the Windsor Castle. Their roast is always top-notch and their sticky toffee pudding…..YUM! // On Monday, I unfortunately had to go to work but mum & dad continued to explore  around London and checked out the National Gallery to see the Veronese exhibition – which they said was beautiful // We reunited again in the evening for dinner at Ottolenghi in Islington. Me & dad are both a little bit Ottolenghi obsessed so it was amazing to go to his flagship restaurant in London for dinner together. Of course a full (picture heavy) review filled with plenty of foodporn to follow!

What a great family & food filled weekend!

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Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance for Women

“I love perfume. I have worked with fragrances in the past and I’m thrilled to be launching new ones again today. I love women’s fragrances and men’s fragrances. They make life more beautiful. Perfume is like fashion for the nose.” – Karl Lagerfeld.

I think it’s so true that perfume is like fashion for the nose. It’s a way to express yourself. This spring Karl Lagerfeld is relaunching his fragrance category with two new signature scents, one for women and one for men. Here a quick look at the new Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance for women.

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The new scents for men and women are based on Lagerfeld’s desire to create fragrances that echo his edgy style, while still feeling classic. The women’s version uses notes of lemon, peach, roses, magnolias, plumeria, and ambery woody notes, while the men’s scent is centered around an aromatic fern with lavender, mandarin zest, apple, violet leaves, sandalwood, and an amber blend.

Speaking about his new scent to Marie Claire recently, Karl said, “Today’s fashion is no longer simply about clothing. It is about the whole package – not just accessories or glasses, but fragrances, too. It is important for a brand to have its own signature perfume. A fragrance is as important as a piece of clothing.”

I have enjoyed wearing the Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance for women recently. It has a contemporary edge to it but also a sophisticated elegance. The fragrances, which start at £32 for 25ml, are now available exclusively at Harrods until 23 March and nationwide from 24 March. Are you curious to try this new fragrance?

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Some recent shopping purchases

Last weekend when I was some running errands I ended up getting a wee bit distracted and had a sneaky little shopping excursion! Here are the new items I picked up..

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Topshop Patterned Blanket Aline Skit – multi colour (link). This was a bit of an impulse purchase but just loved the bright colours, can’t wait to wear this on a sunny day! The skirt is quite small fitted so I got a size 10 (38) so it wasn’t too short on me // Topshop Vibrant Ballerinas in Coral (link). For only £16 I think I will get plenty of use out of these colourful comfy flats. Oh and I may have also ordered these ballerinas in another colour a few days later. What colour do you think?

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These (MELA) patent wedge pumps were on sale at Nine West for £59 (link) and they just felt so comfortable and because of the wedge they are perfect for summer parties, like weddings or polo in the park (so you don’t sink into the grass) and being nude they will go with so many outfits.

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White top with side buckle from ZARA (link). Think this will look great with a leather skirt or just a pair of skinny jeans and a statement necklace.

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The Celina pointed court shoes from Miss KG, part of Kurt Geiger, £55 (link). I loved cut out detailing and the mid-heel (7cm) on these shoes. A simple pair of black heels that will go with most dresses or to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans!

I really didn’t NEED any of these items, but I’m pretty happy with my shopping finds. What do you think of my new shopping purchases?

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Poached Eggs with Chilli Avocado & Pancetta

If you read my blog and follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed by now that I suffer from a pretty serious addiction to poached eggs and avocado! When I go out for brunch, it is normally the dish I have to pick from the menu. To me there’s not much better on the planet than a perfectly poached (runny) egg on toasted bread with a good dollop of avocado! But you don’t have to go out to have this for breakfast, because did you know it’s actually very easy to make this popular cafe style brunch dish at home? Let me show you how!

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First up, let’s talk AVOCADO! There’s so many ways to smash up avocado on toast (see some delicious examples HERE) but my personal favourite would have to be the simple combination of avocado with chilli flakes with a few sprinkles of sea salt and freshly grated pepper, followed by a quick spritz of lime! Here’s the basic recipe.

Chilli Avocado

Serves 2
1 perfectly ripe avocado
1 pinch of sea salt
1 pinch of dried chilli flakes
1 slice of lime

Separate the avocado by slicing lengthwise all the way around; twist to separate, and then remove and discard the pit. Scoop the avocado out of the skin into a bowl. Sprinkle on salt and chilli flakes, then spritz with one slice of a juicy lime. Mash with a fork (mash well to create a smooth spread, or mash just a few times to create a chunky spread).

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Chilli Avocado on toast is super delicious on it’s own but I think it’s even better with a poached egg and some crispy salty panchetta on top! Poaching eggs can seem daunting but it’s actually not that hard (once you get the hang of it). What I do;

  • Fill a (deep) frying pan or pot with boiling water from the kettle. Bring it to a light simmer over a medium heat, add a pinch of sea salt and a splash of vinegar (if you prefer) which will help to bind the egg.
  • When the water is boiling, swirl the water around with a spoon to create a vortex. Now crack one egg above the pot and carefully pour it into the water in one fluid movement. Repeat with the rest of the eggs. You’ll see them begin to cook immediately – don’t worry if the edges look a little scruffy.
  • Depending on your pan, a really soft poached egg should take around 2 minutes and a soft to firm one will need 4 minutes (it depends on the size of the eggs and whether you’re using them straight from the fridge). To check whether they’re done, remove one carefully from the pan with a slotted spoon and give it a gentle push with a teaspoon. If it feels too soft (use your instincts), put it back and give the eggs a minute or two more in the water to firm up.
  • When the eggs are ready gently place the egg onto a paper towel to absorb the excess water before transferring to a plate for serving. 

20140309 153848 Poached Eggs with Chilli Avocado & Pancetta Another thing you can do (for the less confident or experienced egg poachers) is to crack the egg into a cup first before pouring it into the boiling water. Watch a handy video HERE for step-by-step instructions to make you a Egg-Poaching-Master!

While your eggs are poaching, place some slices of pancetta on a baking sheet and put this in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees) for about 5 minutes until they crisp up nicely! Briefly place the cooked slices onto a kitchen towel to drain the fat before serving.

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And there you have it, pretty much my favourite breakfast dish in the whole world! Enjoy! Have you ever made poached eggs with (chilli) avocado at home?

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